Pressless – Printing Techniques Without a Press

In this workshop, you will learn how to accessibly print at home, without much effort and most importantly without any press! We will work out the perfect foundation for your own printing practice and teach you how to print woodcuts, linocuts, and monotypes.

Usually, if you want to make some prints, you have to go to a workshop and ask for technician's help or make a press of your own. You have to find a location, plan your visit and pay for the rental or printmaker's time. All this is complicated, not always affordable and makes spontaneous working and experimenting with new techniques nearly impossible.

In this seminar, you will learn about the historical, artistic and technological background of printing. Furthermore, we will visit the Kupferstichkabinett and see some original prints. In the practical part of the workshop, we will focus on the individual artistic practice of the participants and apply the following techniques:

– Woodcut (with baren and spoon)
– Linocut (with baren and spoon)
– Monotype

In each technique, you will learn how to carve different blocks/plates using proper tools, how to apply different printing methods and use the gained knowledge to produce works of your own.


Day 1: Introduction to printmaking

  • A brief overview of the historical development of the three printing techniques (woodcut, linocut, and monotype) and artistic positions of this field.
  • Review of artistic practices and figuring out the participants' interests.
  • Explanation of the technical approach.

In the afternoon: Visit Kupferstichkabinett and look through original prints of different ages.

Day 2:  Practical work

  • Discussion of the individual projects (motives and techniques) in the group and start of the individual work.
  • Review of the first results and possible problems at the end of the day.

Day 3: Practical work and final presentation.

This course is suitable for people with artistic backgrounds in Fine Arts, Design, Visual Communication and those who are generally interested in understanding printing techniques. Prior knowledge in printing techniques is not required.



The participants should bring several pieces of different paper (preferably smooth sorts of Japanese papers) and a wooden spoon.

Anna Slobodnik is a visual artist, painter, and printmaker. She was born in Moscow and moved to Germany as a child. After studying Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Berlin and the Surikov University in Moscow, she was stipendiary of the Villa Serpentara in Olevano Romano, Rome and received the Schulz-Stübner-Preis for painting and the Förderpreis Junge Kunst of the Kunstverein Centre Bagatelle eV. She lives and works in Berlin.

Run period:
09.08.2019 – 11.08.2019
Course time:
10. am – 5. am
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 350

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